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Don't let small cracks cause big problems

By xpresssweep69613221, Dec 8 2018 01:46AM

Fatigue cracking is also known as ‘alligator’ or ‘crocodile’ cracking, and it is one of the most common ways that asphalt pavement can break down over time. The cracking patterns caused are extremely distinctive and resemble the scales on a reptile's back, hence the amphibian reference in the name.

Alligator cracking is also one of the more serious problems that an asphalt surface can develop, and it will only get worse over time if not addressed.

Unlike surface-level asphalt damage, alligator cracking is almost always caused by problems beneath the asphalt in the underlying layers, which are supposed to support the asphalt. When the pavement is carrying burdens that the supporting structure can't hold up, like heavy trucks or machinery, alligator cracking occurs.

While a small crack in a paved surface may not look dangerous, it is the sign of a potentially huge problem. Though small, when the freezing rain and snow hits, water will make its way into the crack and freeze, causing a much bigger issue to brew. Soon that tiny crack will become a much larger gap, or a chunk of broken-off asphalt.

What can you do to prevent a big headache? Call Xpress Sweeping for a free repair estimate. We will come to your commercial property, investigate the obvious problems and those that may be hiding beneath the surface, and give you an estimate for complete repair. Your property may need to be seal coated, or it may need a total regrading and resurfacing.

We offer comprehensive paved surface repair services, are family owned and operated, and serve a wide area in Rhode Island, parts of Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut. Click here for more information.

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